More Fun at Work

OK, so in my last post I mentioned that it is all our own responsible to make our own workplace fun. I am re-reading a fabulous Jon Gordon book called The Energy Bus. One of the points he makes in the book is that more people die Monday morning at 9:00 than any other day or time because people would rather die than go to work. OK, so I wasn’t this bad and I am sure that you’re not either, but what can we do to make work fun? Usually the best things are the most simple. Here’s a few that anyone can do.

  1. Start with a smile. In fact start with a smile campaign. Post smilies all over and see how people react.
  2. Who doesn’t love food? Host a potluck or a themed event like build a taco or spaghetti day and see how creative people can be. My husband decided to have fun at work today by bringing in an enormous pot of sausage and peppers. He is going to be a hero AND he is going to have a fun day.
  3. If you don’t have a strict dress code then have a fun t-shirt (no profanity) contest or have everyone wear red Tuesday.
  4. Pick a commonly used word and try to ban it. Give everyone 3 poker chips that you have to give up to the person who catches you using the banned word. The person at the end of the day with the most chips wins.
  5. Play off of a holiday or event. St. Patty’s is next. Pass out shamrocks and have everyone decorate them.
  6. Do you have pictures of your co-workers? takes their photos and makes funny videos. It’s easy and will get everyone roaring. Make sure to include yourself in the video so your co-workers don’t feel that you were out to get them.

Are you worried about what your boss will think? None of the above suggestions should cause any harm. Here’ my philosophy on initiating anything new; always ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Who can dispute positive results?


Work is Fun?

Recently I changed positions at work and I found that I had a real difficult time adjusting. I went from being in the field to being split between field time and office time and I was not enjoying it. In fact, although this was a move in the right direction for me, I felt like someone had let the air out of my tires. Instead of waking up on Monday mornings energized and looking forward to the people I would be interacting with I woke up dreading the day and the solitude.

As with most job changes when one person moves it causes a chain effect and many people in our organization moved into new roles at the same time I did. One person reached out looking for advice on how to adapt to his new situation. As usual, what I found in giving him advice is that I wasn’t practicing what I preach. I wasn’t living up to my own expectations. I was talking the talking, but certainly not walking the walk. Why wasn’t I enjoying work? I wasn’t making it enjoyable. It’s not the new role that wasn’t enjoyable. It wasn’t working in the office that wasn’t enjoyable. It was me! I wasn’t enjoyable. I forgot that part of my job, part of all of our jobs, is to make it fun.
Work is fun. This is true no matter what you do and what company you work for. Work is fun when you make it fun. The key word in that sentence is YOU. Don’t wait for someone else to make it fun for you. You will be waiting a long time and will be disappointed in the wait. I guarantee that when people see you having a good time they will get on board and start having more fun too. Pretty soon you will have an epidemic where everyone enjoys coming to work and those who won’t get on board will probably eventually feel like they don’t fit in and find someplace else to work. It sounds too simple, but I’ve seen it happen where I work. I know that it can happen where you work too.

What do you do to have fun at work?

Hey Michigan! Get Out and Run!

Hey Michigan!  Get out and run!  We don’t get too many February mornings that are near 50 degrees.  It is perfect running weather.  Not too hot and not too cold.  Perfect for shorts and a cold gear top.  If you have fallen off off your New Year’s resolutions already it is a great time to get back on track.  Stop looking for a reason not to and start looking for reasons to get up and do it.  I’ll help.  Here’s a few:
1)  When you start your day doing something good for yourself the good feelings last all day long
2)  When you run into that girl you never liked in college or an ex you don’t want to  say “I wish I started running a month ago”
3)  The early morning sky is beautiful, especially now with the full moon.

Turkey Chili

3 lbs ground turkey
1 onion – diced
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 bunch cilantro – chopped
1 orange pepper – julienned and cut into 2″ pieces
2 large cans whole tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
2 large cans kidney beans – rinsed
2 small cans butter beans – rinsed
3 Tbs Olive Oil
White pepper
1 Tbs Chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Tabasco Sauce

Heat the olive oil in a huge sauce pan. Add onion and garlic and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Add orange pepper and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the turkey, cilantro and all of the seasonings and cook until the turkey is browned. Add the tomatoes, sauce and beans and 2-3 cans of water (if you have time to cook for more than 60 minutes then add the full 3 cans of water). Break apart the tomatoes using a wooden spoon.  Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat to low. Simmer for 60 minutes.

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